Koch Industries partners with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to support students and elevate skilled trade

February 7, 2019

Koch-news-Mike-Rowe-mikeroweworks-skilled-trade-sweat-pledge.jpgKoch Industries supports programs teaching job skills that prepare students for success. That’s why we partnered with the Charles Koch Foundation to support two projects with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation – the Work Ethic Scholarship Program and the Unpacking the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge video project. In addition to providing financial support for students pursuing a career in the trades, the video project brings to life the 12 elements of Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge to help anyone willing to work hard better understand the elements and take the Pledge themselves. The pledge, signed by recipients of the scholarship and available to anyone, was created from Mike's personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Learn about the pledge here.

Check out the first four videos of the S.W.E.A.T Pledge series, featuring Mike Rowe, and check back for more updates and stories from scholarship recipients.


Video: Pledge 1

“I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.”


Video: Pledge 2

“I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that "happiness" and the "pursuit of happiness" are not the same thing.”


Video: Pledge 3

“I believe there is no such thing as a "bad job." I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it's up to me to make the best of them.”


Video: Pledge 4

“I do not "follow my passion." I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.”